Narbi Price Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom
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Painter, PhD candidate, UK. John Moores Painting Prize prizewinner, featured in Vitamin P3: New Perspectives in Painting

Narbi Price was born Hartlepool, UK, in 1979 and lives and works in Gateshead and Newcastle upon Tyne. He studied BA(hons) Fine Art at Northumbria University (1999-2002), Master of Fine Art at Newcastle University (2008-10) and is currently working on his PhD Fine Art at Newcastle University. He is featured in the recent book Vitamin P3: New Perspectives in Painting (pub. Phaidon) and was a prize winner in the John Moores Painting Prize, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool (2012). Recent solo exhibitions include:
‘This Must Be the Place’ Vane, Newcastle upon Tyne (2017), ‘Shan’t Quit’ Vane, Newcastle upon Tyne (2013), ‘Codeword’, PAPER, Manchester (2016), ‘60x45’, GalleriaSIX, Milan (2014). Recent group exhibitions include: ‘The Contemporary British Painting Prize: Group Show’, The Stables Gallery, London (2017), 'The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition', London, (2017), ‘Semiotic Guerrilla Warfare part IV’, CHARLIE SMITH LONDON, London (2017),
‘Second Glances’, Michaela Helfrich Gallery, Berlin, (2016)
‘NORTH’, Newcastle Pavilion, Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival, Warrington, (2015), ‘(detail)’, H-Gallery, Bangkok, touring to Transition Gallery, London, and Usher Gallery, Lincoln, ‘Towards A New Socio-Painting’, Transition Gallery, London (2014). Narbi Price’s work involves journeys to specific places that have witnessed a range of events –variously historical, famous, personal or forgotten. He researches the precise location of a chosen event, ranging from significant moments in music, film and TV, whimsical acts through to places of violence and death amongst others. Working from photographs taken at the site, he makes paintings in the studio focussing on the abstract, formal and painterly qualities of the resultant images. This process removes the conscious choice of subject matter; he must work with whatever is present at the spot. Whilst clearly photographically derived, the paintings use the language of abstraction to simultaneously acknowledge and disrupt the representational image. The paint is transparent, opaque, glossy, matt, dilute and impasted, often within the same work. As viewers, we are not immediately made aware of the specific histories of the sites and are given space to wonder about the multiplicities of events that might have taken place, an effect heightened by the painting method. Our experience of the work shifts as we become aware of the provenance of the depicted sites.

Artwork

Untitled Flowers Painting (KB for Ettrick), Acrylic on Canvas, 2017, £2500

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Untitled Slab Painting, Acrylic on Canvas, 2016, £4000

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Untitled Yard Painting (Harold), Acrylic on Canvas, 2015, £4000

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Untitled Yard Painting (Albert), Acrylic on Canvas, 2015

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Untitled Club Painting, Acrylic on Canvas, 2015

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Untitled Flowers Painting (DB), Acrylic on Canvas, 2017

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Previous projects

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This Must Be the Place

11/05/2017 to 01/07/2017

Solo exhibition.

Narbi Price’s work involves journeys to specific places that have witnessed a range of events – variously historical, famous, personal or forgotten. He researches the precise location of a chosen event, ranging from significant moments in music, film and TV, whimsical acts through to places of violence and death amongst...

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